Hummingbird Information Providing Lots of Interesting Facts

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  • Do you have a fascination with Hummingbird information?
  • Would you like to learn about Hummingbird habitat, plants & food?
  • Do you find their unique behavior intriguing?
  • Have you ever wondered how Hummers fly so differently from all other birds?

Let’s start the answers to these questions, with the last question, about how Hummers fly, with this video:

How Do Hummingbirds Fly?

Keep reading for more answers!

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Where Is The Best Hummingbird Habitat Found?

Hummingbird habitat is diverse and covers a huge range. The Hummers themselves do not give us any indication that they can only survive in a particular type of habitat.

Their territory includes most of the Western Hemisphere in fact, spanning from Alaska, cool mountain regions, boreal forests, and arid desert areas to the lush tropical jungle.

It can be assumed that the tiniest birds on the planet are also very adaptable.

hummingbird overlooking lake perched on tall grassHummingbirds Live by Large Bodies Of Water -After All Some Migrate Across The Gulf Of Mexico!

Hummingbirds love to inhabit forest edges, parks, gardens, thickets and for some like the Rufous Hummingbird in the first picture on this page above, mountain meadows are a favored habitat.

Hummers can live anywhere nectar producing flowers flourish and tiny bugs abound.

They love backyards, patios, decks, and balconies where they see flowers and feel safe.

What is Torpor?

Several species of Hummingbirds live during the winter, in desert or mountainous regions, where the nights can get very cold.

This causes the hummingbirds to enter a hibernation-like state called torpor.

Their heartbeat slows to about 50 beats per minute.

This is a considerable drop since their daytime rate is 1260 beats per minute!

A picture of a male ruby throated hummingbird Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

During the day they take 250 breaths per minute while resting.

Their breathing in a torpor state slows down and becomes irregular.

This “state” conserves much-needed energy to get through the long cold night and can last for 8 to 14 hours.

Arousing from torpor can take up to an hour for larger hummingbirds.

It can take this long for their body temperature to slowly rise to 86 degrees Fahrenheit to enable them to fly again.

Some birds have also been observed in torpor in early spring and late fall when the nights can be very cool in northern regions.

Hummingbirds are Small, But Fierce When Protecting Their Territory!


A picture of a hummingbird flying in-between two sets of flowers. Hummingbirds Favourite Habitats
Have Lots of Flowering Plants

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Hummingbirds are very territorial. It may become necessary to develop a strategy to prevent constant wars at your Hummingbird feeders.

One Hummingbird can dominate a feeding station that they consider they own. For more help on how to minimize feeder wars click here.

Plant flowers and shrubs that Hummers love to frequent, then hang your feeders nearby. They will spend more time flitting from flower to flower and your feeders this way.

These little birds are very reliable and will return each year. Be sure to place feeders in the same spot because the returning birds will look for them in the exact location as last year.

Waiting, not so patiently!

Every year I hang one feeder in front of my kitchen window. I always try to get my syrup feeders out just before the end of April so I will be sure to have “dinner on the table” when my resident Hummingbirds return.

But one year I was busy doing something in my kitchen and kept noticing movement outside the window. I didn’t look or pay much attention. Then all of sudden I discovered what was causing the commotion.

When I looked up and stood still long enough, just a couple of seconds, the answer sailed by, again and again.

I had lost track of time and sure enough it was May and my little feathered friends were back. I was pleased that they knew I was home and would answer their call!

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Just place them in your existing bird bath and plug them in.

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How do Hummingbirds Have a Bath?

Hummingbird habits are particularly interesting during bathing. They will brush up against wet leaves, ruffling their feathers to dampen them. Then sit to clean and preen their feathers.

There are specific bird baths available for hummingbirds. They will use any bath that is small and very shallow.

Other than wet leaves Hummingbirds also enjoy a dripper or mister placed over a birdbath. A dripper or mister can be purchased or rigged up with a garden hose. I have included a couple of good drippers and misters below.

They love to swoop back and forth under the dripping water or through the mist. After several passes, they will sit on a branch and preen their feathers. Then start all over for another pass or five!

Have you ever watched a Hummingbird take a bath?

Enjoy watching this one!

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5 Best Hummingbird Information Facts

  • A favorite pastime for Hummers is perching for several minutes watching the area and sometimes sitting motionless (as hard as that may be to believe if you have never witnessed this habit). Hummers spend 80% of their time perching.We have a dead elm in our backyard that has a limb that sticks out from the rest. It is a favourite spot for one of our local Hummers.They will use TV antennas or satellite dishes, clotheslines, anything that gives them a good view of
    the surrounding area.
hummingbird perched on barbwirePerching is Important to Hummingbirds
  • Hummingbirds feed often, about every ten minutes, for 30 to 60 seconds at one sitting. They have split tongues that open on both sides to hold the nectar, then zips up when they pull their tongue back into their mouth.
  • A hummingbird will eat almost half of its body weight in sugar each day. If a man had the same metabolic rate he would have to eat 285 pounds of hamburger a day!
Two hummingbirds eating at a feeder. Hummingbirds Enjoying Nectar Together
  • Hummingbirds that live in the same areas as Sapsuckers enjoy the banquet which these larger wild birds
    make available. The holes the Sapsucker excavates offer running sap to drink and insects to eat.
  • Hummingbirds are very particular about their feeders and will leave a feeder that is dirty or empty too often.
A picture of a caliope hummingbird in the palm of a hand. Caliope Hummingbird


Hummingbirds have become very trusting and friendly towards humans over time. It is not unusual for one of these little birds to sit on a finger for a sip of nectar from a feeder that is being held.

They will also hover very close, curiously looking at something brightly coloured on your clothing.

We have our syrup feeders hanging over parts of our back deck. We sit outside on the deck only 3 to 6 feet from their feeders.

They will often sail by within inches of where we sit. Sometimes one will stop and hover right in front of our face for a real good close up view. Oh to hear their little thoughts!

I hope you enjoyed this page on Hummingbird information.

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